South America

Upgrading U.S. transportation and Panama Canal targeted

Soybean growers want Congress to help finance Panama canal upgrade and U.S. transportation infrastructure. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork thriving in Central America (audio)

Central America is one of the fastest growing regions for U.S. pork exports. In 2010, exports climbed almost 50 percent in value to $93 million, and they are up by another 15 percent so far this year. FULL STORY »

Grains Council praises upcoming Colombia FTA

The U.S. Grains Council commends the Administration’s move forward on technical discussions with Congress on the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement draft implementing bill and draft Statement of Administrative Action. Today’s announcement will establish a pathway for formal consideration of all three pending trade agreements, including South Korea and Panama. FULL STORY »

Brazil unlocks door to Chinese pork market

The doors to China’s pork market will soon be opened for the first time to Brazilian producers. Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture announced the authorization from Chinese officials following the approval of three local pork processors. FULL STORY »

USMEF’s new South America representative sees excellent growth potential

Jessica Julca, the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) newly appointed representative for South America, discusses the growth potential for U.S. beef and pork exports in her home region. FULL STORY »

Pork delegation talks trade in South America

A delegation of U.S. pork producers, along with trade and science representatives traveled to South America to meet with officials in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia last week. Among the topics on the agenda were discussions regarding trichinosis-related restrictions that the countries continue to impose on U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

U.S. and Colombia reach free-trade deal

The Obama administration has gained approval from Colombia on the Free-Trade Agreement pending with the country. The agreement announced Wednesday will pave the way for congressional approval of the trade deal later this year. FULL STORY »

Julca to represent USMEF in South America

Recognizing the opportunities for increased beef, pork and lamb exports to South America, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has retained an experienced food and agricultural industry veteran to manage the South America region. FULL STORY »

Commentary: FTAs: You need to demand more

Pressure is mounting and time is of the essence to once and for all get the three free-trade agreements finalized that Congress has been sitting on for several years now. I am of course talking about the ones between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama. While these all have tremendous potential for the United States as a whole, they are even more lucrative for U.S. agriculture - and the U.S. pork sector.

You may have already written, e-mailed or called your representative and senator about giving the final blessing to these three FTAs, but plan to do it again - and again. Demand more; the time is right, and the timing is urgent. FULL STORY »

Dryness Hurting Brazil Crops May Send Soybeans Above November Highs

Dry weather in Brazil’s major soybean areas has dialed back expectations for next year’s crop and likely will push Chicago futures prices above two-year highs reached in November, grain market analyst Rich Feltes says.

APHIS Recognizes Santa Catarina, Brazil As FMD-Free; Imports To Begin Dec. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on November 16 its decision to add the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina to the list of regions the agency recognizes as free of foot and mouth disease FULL STORY »

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